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Plans to cut 2000 jobs in Wolverhampton voted through

Plans to cut up to 2000 jobs at Wolverhampton City Council have been approved at a meeting to set the budget for the next twelve months.

Protesters gathered outside the council building yesterday evening as a meeting to vote through the budget was taking place. Workers say the cuts are too deep but the council says it needs to make £123 million pounds of savings over the next five years.

Cuts will 'damage' Wolverhampton - City councillor

Up to 2,000 workers at Wolverhampton City Council face losing their jobs because of budget cuts.

The council currently employs almost 6,000 people - meaning a third of its workforce is under threat. The money it gets from government has been halved from £284 million to £137 million a year.

To help raise money, council tax will go up by almost 2%.

Staff were told of the changes at a series of meetings today. They have also been told they will get less sick pay and there will be a freeze on pay rises. Drivers caught on camera using bus lanes will also be fined.

Councillor Roger Lawrence said the reduction in funding to local councils will 'damage' Wolverhampton.

Job losses a "devastating blow" for Wolverhampton workers

The union for public sector workers GMB has spoken out about proposed cuts of up to 2,000 jobs at Wolverhampton City Council, calling it a "devastating blow" to workers.

Today's announcement of a jobs cull in Wolverhampton due to the cuts is a devastating blow to GMB members, who now face an uncertain future. Jobs and working hours are under threat.

Those who survive the jobs cull can expect a pay freeze, equating to a real terms pay cut, and an ever increasing work load. GMB officers and shop stewards will be meeting with the council to discuss these cuts in order to protect the interests of our members."

– Karen Leonard, GMB regional organiser

The council has announced up to 2,000 jobs could go because they need to save £120m over the next five years.

The Labour-controlled council said it was battling the most "challenging" financial circumstances in its history because of "massively reduced" grant funding from the Government.

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